In This Review

By Christopher Hitchens
Quartet Books, 1984, 192 pp

This book on the fate of Cyprus from 1960 to 1974 is written in sorrow, in anger, and in black and white. Among the victims are Archbishop Makarios, the people of Cyprus, and the Greek democrats who opposed the colonels' junta; among the villains are the British governments of the time, the Greek junta, Turkish generals and politicians, the U.S. government under both Johnson and Nixon, and especially Henry Kissinger. Some of the author's arrows are well aimed and strike home, since much of the record is indeed a sorry one, especially the failure to forestall or immediately reverse the coup of July 15, 1974. But couching it in the terms of a morality play does little to add to the understanding of the interests and policies of the nations concerned.